NITDA Pledges Digital Literacy for Awareness, Expansion of Tech Industry
TECHDIGEST- The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says it has concluded arrangement for licensing of indigenous Information Technology (IT) organizations to provide standardized training leading to certification of more Nigerian in digital technology specializations.
Malam Kashifu Inuwa Abullahi, Director General of NITDA, who disclosed this during a virtual press conference tagged `Director General Meets the Press’ on Monday, said digital literacy is the catalyst for creation of a thriving technology industry in the country.
Kashifu emphasized that the agency is determined to fully promote standardized training īkthis year “to encourage people to get certification and create industry for licensed organizations to provide these training’’.
According to him, the standardized training would be conducted with focus on different categories of specialists in the digital technology industry.
“That’s why we have plans for standardizing training so that we can have different categories of training. We are looking at how we can create industry from it and how more organizations can start doing certification training.
“How can we start having data scientists, data analysts and so on because the future is data and data is the new oil’’, he stated.
Responding to a question by TechDigest.ng, Kashifu said that the incoming year is going to witness massive awareness campaigns by the agency to educate Nigerians on the protection of data and privacy.
Also, he pledged to strengthen NITDA’s engagement with the media for increased propagation of the agency’s programmes and creation of awareness about ICT in general.
“We have special plans for you (media). We will also consult you to see how we can make create awareness because when you look at ICT in general, it is about awareness. People need to know the knowledge exists, and people need to know how to use it.’’
The DG NITDA further used the virtual event to outline the agency’s vision for the 2021 and the activities lined up as Nigeria marks this year’s National Privacy Week slated to hold from Tuesday till Thursday.